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Town of Mount Hope

1706 Route 211W,
New York 10963


The workshop meeting of the Town Board of the Town of Mount Hope was held at Town Hall at 1706 Route 211 West, Otisville, NY on October 19, 2015 at 7:30pm with the following present:  Supervisor Chad Volpe, Councilman Matt Howell, Councilman Gary Ketcham, Councilwoman Janet Sutherland, Councilman Dominick Cambareri & Town Clerk Kathleen Myers.


OFFICIALS PRESENT:  Chief P. Rickard & Att’y D. Bavoso.


Following the Pledge of Allegiance, Supervisor Volpe congratulated Dennis Ketcham, Assessor for becoming the 75th President of the State Assessor’s Association.  The Town Board presented him a Certificate of Achievement. Mr. Ketcham thanked the board and the public.



7:30pm Supervisor Volpe opened the public hearing for the 2016 Preliminary Budget. Town Clerk stated that there are copies of the budget available and a copy of the public hearing notice from the paper is available as well. He asked for any comments from the town board.

Councilman Cambareri: budget was a long process. Everything went good. No other board comments.

Supervisor asked for comments from the public.

  1. Loeven asked if the youth programs was going to remain in the “B” budget? Supervisor: yes. Loeven: so there will still be a memorandum between the village and the town for next summer? Supervisor: yes, our mutual accountant thought it was best to leave it there.
  2. Musial asked what the end result is to the taxpayers increase? Decrease? Supervisor: 1.07% decrease. Councilman Cambareri: 1.07% decrease this year.  What was last year? Supervisor: 1.13%.
  3. Ketcham asked what the village increase/change would be? It’s different than the town right? Supervisor: village? Ketcham: don’t you have 2 different; one is town only and one is for the village? “A” & “B”.  Supervisor: the “B” budget which is everyone but the village is a little over 1.4%; then general outside village which is the “B” portion amount to be raised by taxes is zero dollars because we offset that.  That’s been done in the past. That’s no change. Highway was a minimal decrease. Fraction of a %. All the special districts were budgets that were supplied to us by the special districts. Musial: you said the 1.4  – that’s a decrease? Supervisor: right. Everything was decreased.



MOTION offered by Councilman Cambareri 2nd by Councilman Howell to close the public hearing at 7:40PM.  All in favor: Howell, Ketcham, Volpe, Sutherland, Cambareri; carried.



MOTION offered by Councilman Cambareri 2nd by Councilwoman Sutherland that the minutes of the 10-5-2015 meeting as submitted are approved.  All in favor: Howell, Ketcham, Volpe, Sutherland, Cambareri; carried.



  1. 2015 Halloween curfew
  1. Health Insurance resolution
  1. MHFC monthly report through 10-19-2015
  1. Copies of email correspondence re: 7 Peaks
  1. Letter from NYS Dept. of Public Service re: public hearings about Reforming the Energy Vision
  1. Letter from OC Ag & Farmland Protection Board re: supporting Vreeland Farm development rights funding
  1. Copies of email correspondence re: Old School committee meeting with KC Engineering
  1. Thank you note from Otisville Little League to Supervisor Volpe & Highway Department
  1. Supervisor’s report 9-2015
  1. Fidelity Bond for Tax Collector to collect taxes for approval




Chief Rickard noted the Halloween curfew to be passed tonight. He requested a quick executive session for potential new hires. The little league stuff that was all wet – the highway guys got that all out. He spoke to Town of Crawford police department. They have a tractor trailer. We can borrow it to move the trailer at the park then just return it back to the T/O Crawford.



Supervisor stated (per Supt.) the clean-up went very well and he has a salt delivery coming this week.





Supervisor noted that the meeting is cancelled for this month.



Councilman Ketcham stated the ZBA will meet on the 29th for a public hearing.







Chief Doty read report into record. Nov. 1 will be bail out training here in town hall parking lot.  Supervisor asked what bail out is? Doty: it’s the escape harnesses that the firefighters have to wear in NYS.  Each year there is an annual training on it. You have to do a certain # of jumps out of the trailer with air packs on. The state qualifies interior firefighters. Supervisor: everyone gets certified once a year? Doty: every year. Supervisor: you have someone that certifies them on your staff? Doty: yes.  We were awarded the 2nd half of a grant which provides the harness for our members; and they provide the trailer. Next year the county training center has the facility for us to go use it for the training. Councilwoman Sutherland added that while away with her family she met a woman who was the mother of a firefighter killed from injuries he (Joey DeBernardo) had sustained in the fire where 8 or 9 firefighters had to jump from a burning building because they didn’t have the proper bailout system. Mount Hope was the 1st grant recipient that they gave any volunteer firefighters.  This grant allowed them to buy the bailout systems.  She knew they had applied for the 2nd half of the grant.  That’s terrific.



Trustee Loeven reported they adopted the Halloween curfew. Frank worked on the equipment and it’s ready. Just waiting for when Dean makes the call. Supervisor asked about a platform to borrow to put the electric in the new building (LED light for the parking lot).



Jason met with the old school committee to discuss our report & subsequent questions. I addressed as many questions as I could. I was provided with a copy of the report they prepared with some intended uses. I’ll look at that report & see if anything stands out to me. He left his contact information with them. Anyone can send him an email with any other questions. Supervisor Volpe asked if anyone not on the school committee had any questions, he would like them to speak so that Jason doesn’t have to stay to the end of the meeting. M. Maurizzio: asked the name of the firm? Jason: KC Engineering & Land Surveying PC. Maurizzio: (to F. Ketcham) were your questions answered to your satisfaction? Ketcham: I believe so. We had never talked before so neither of us had really an idea of what we were both looking at. We have different ideas.  Maurizzio: you’re the only engineer that’s looked at the building?  Jason: I couldn’t say that.  I’m the only one that’s looked at it in the last 5 years. There was 3 or 4 people that collaborated on the report. Maurizzio:  asked about asbestos in the building. Jason: we gave some costs for all the possible options. Those costs should give you guys tools to figure out what you want to do with the building. They have everything that I have produced. M. See: they were going to try to re-use, sell or demolish. If it was determined to be demolished, did KC figure out how many building lots were available? Those options were discussed by the school committee.  That wasn’t proposed by KC. We did look at the raw land and what its potential use could be. It’s a residential district in the village. I don’t recall the number.  Might have been 7 or 8.  M. Horzepa: asked about the retaining walls around the property on School/Orchard Streets. Those are in bad shape. Jason: we did not evaluate those walls. Those were not part of the report. Maurizzio: why not? Jason: Those weren’t part of the building; they were part of the property. C. Furman: (to the Town Clerk) asked about the email correspondence noted in the correspondence section of the meeting. Town Clerk: it’s about the meeting time.



Att’y Bavoso stated the referral was made to the county on October 9th. He showed what the code book will look like. It’s already been very helpful because it does have a full index which makes it easier to navigate. By law they have 30 days. The next meeting on 11/5 you can set a public hearing date if time allows.



MOTION offered by Councilman Cambareri 2nd by Councilman Ketcham to approve the Tax Collector bond for the Tax collector to collect taxes for 2016 in the amount of $1,600,000.00. (copy at end of these minutes) All in favor: Howell, Ketcham, Volpe, Sutherland, Cambareri; carried.




At a meeting of the Town Board of the Town of Mount Hope, State of New York, held at 1706 Route 211 West, Otisville NY on October 19, 2015 Councilman Cambareri offered the following resolution,  2nd by Councilwoman Sutherland:

RESOLVED that the Town Board of the Town of Mount Hope of the State of New York elects to participate as a participating employer in the NYS Health Insurance Program and to include in such plan its officers and employees and to exclude from such plan its retired officers and employees, subject to and in accordance with the provisions of Article XI of the Civil Service Law and the Regulations governing such provisions of the insurance contracts as may be approved by the President of the Civil Service Commission and any administrative rule or directive governing the plan.



I, Kathleen A. Myers, Town Clerk of the Town of Mount Hope of the State of New York, do hereby certify that I have compared the foregoing with the original resolution passed by such Town Board, at a legally convened meeting held on the 19th day of October 2015 on file as part of the minutes of such meeting and that the same is a true copy thereof and the whole of such original. I further certify that Mount Hope Town Board has appropriated $311,235.00 for the purpose of paying the employer’s costs including administrative charges levied by and payable to the State of New York on account of the coverage of such offers and employees (and retired officers and employees, if applicable) and their dependents in the plan.

IN WITNESS THEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and seal of the Town of Mount Hope on this 19th day of October 2015.






Motion offered by Councilman Howell 2nd by Councilwoman Sutherland to accept the September 2015 Supervisor’s report as presented. All in favor: Howell, Ketcham, Volpe, Sutherland, Cambareri; carried.



MOTION offered by Councilwoman Sutherland 2nd by Councilman Ketcham that anyone under the age of 18 must be off town roads after 9:00pm from Oct. 29, 2015 through Nov. 1, 2015 unless they are accompanied by a parent or guardian 21 years of age or older or if they are coming to or from a work assignment or school activity. All in favor: Howell, Ketcham, Volpe, Sutherland, Cambareri; carried.



MOTION offered by Councilman Ketcham 2nd by Councilman Cambareri to authorize the Town Supervisor to sign the Collective Bargaining Agreement by & between the Town of Mount Hope and Teamsters Local 445, effective Jan. 1, 2016 to Dec. 31, 2018.  All in favor: Howell, Ketcham, Volpe, Sutherland, Cambareri; carried.



MOTION offered by Councilman Howell 2nd by Councilwoman Sutherland to approve the following bills:

GENERAL A:#513-542$ 43,690.97

GENERAL B:#74-76$   2,825.60

HIGHWAY:#145-153$ 19,500.77

SEWER:#86-89$ 13,830.13

CAP RES GEN A:#12$ 56,514.50

CAP H’WAY EQUIP:#1$ 95,898.36.

All in favor: Howell, Ketcham, Volpe, Sutherland, Cambareri; carried.



MOTION offered by Councilman Howell 2nd by Councilman Cambareri to adopt the 2016 Preliminary Budget as the 2016 final Town budget as presented.  All in favor: Howell, Ketcham, Volpe, Sutherland, Cambareri; carried.




  1. Vreeland asked the board’s input on doing something to create an ordinance or to deal otherwise with the fireworks displays that we keep having. I’ve never liked them since I started milking cows there. The last ones from Cornell – I can prove extensive loss. I had 2 cows abort 2 days later. I had a cow go on a truck today as a result. One displaced a hip.  Can’t deal with it anymore. We were told we were gonna get notice. We haven’t had notice in 2 years. Nobody considers what’s underneath these fireworks. My father is 93 years old. He walked day 2 Omaha Beach, fought in battle of Bulge and he has nightmares. He came out crying the morning after the fireworks wanting me to sue. Now I can sue. Unless something is done real quick, I’m gonna sue John, Mike, Cornell, T/O Mount Hope and Fireworks Extravaganza. I have a lawyer. I can prove substantial loss and heartache.  I’d like the comment of the board. A lot of people enjoy the fireworks but nobody considers who lives under them. Supervisor Volpe asked if it’s always been an issue with any fireworks or just

the ones by Cornell because it’s at a different site? Vreeland: it’s always an issue and this time I did nothing to move the cows because I was promised by Cornell it was gonna be a light show with no explosions. J. Doty: it’s a fireworks show. There was no salutes. Vreeland: It shakes the windows in my house. I love them cows. It broke my heart to see what happened the next morning. It was horrendous. I’ll sue everybody if I have to.  I don’t care. Maybe I should just to make a point. But I’d like the board to act on moving them further away from residences. If you go around the block, everybody’s dogs pees on a rug that night. Any comments? Supervisor to Councilman Cambareri: Dominick you live on that road. They don’t bother anything at my house. I don’t know.  I can’t speak for somebody that lives there. Councilman Cambareri: I live there. I can sit in my living room and watch them. It is very annoying. I don’t have little kids anymore but those who do, it bothers. Since we’ve done away with the all day Saturday thing, it’s much better. I think we should consider limiting the damage we do. We don’t need fireworks 4x a year. He’s right, people on the block are tired of it. Supervisor: are there notices that go out to people? Doty: when the fire company does theirs, the people we need to notify – we notify. I know Rick’s been notified. I’ve talked to him.  He’s been to meetings when we’ve talked about it. Vreeland: one time. Doty: when you’re here at the meeting – you’re getting notified. I know with Cornell; she went and seen you. Vreeland: she promised me there would be no loud noises; it was gonna be a light show. Supervisor: John, on a normal basis, are people notified? Doty: on a normal basis – no. Cambareri: when they used to do their practices on a Saturday, you did and then when you did the 1st couple 4th of July you did. Doty: then it got to a point everybody was used to it. It’s 4th of July season – there’s fireworks. I do 100 shows/year. All over the state, different parts of the country..Vreeland: next door to dairy farms? Doty: yes.  I’ve had farms where they’re standing in the fields watching the show. Vreeland: mine don’t. Doty: I feel sorry, we do it next to horse farms and we don’t usually have issues. Harry’s cows are right next to it.  He has cows that are pregnant, he didn’t have any problems. Vreeland: I’ve got 2 vets willing to testify. Pretty sure I have a 3rd one on board. I might better just go ahead and sue. Councilman Howell: it’s something worth considering being it’s affecting a local business. Vreeland: I’ve got a right to farm. That’s a NYS law. Howell: not just that. It could affect other businesses, if there’s home businesses that operate there on that block.  Maybe they’re not here tonight but it’s something we should consider/look into. Vreeland: you just passed a resolution to preserve dad’s farm and open space because everybody likes open space and farms. To permit this to go on is a joke. I took a hit. The emotional stress. Did you ever poll the veterans in this town? Doty: not in this town but I belong to a bunch of organizations that do fireworks & 80% of the guys that shoot the fireworks are veterans; some from WWII right on up to present day. They enjoy it. Att’y Bavoso: In the  books for the town in the parks & recreation area of the code & it states that fireworks, among a laundry list  of items (section 160.7 in the new code), are not permitted; it’s not permitted for anyone to have possession of those in any town park or town recreation area. At the moment, that’s the only reference to them in, whether by local law or ordinance, so it’s up to this board whether they’d like to expand that restriction, how they want to do it. Whether by local law or ordinance but it’s certainly something the board could discuss. I could get some of the laws from some of the surrounding towns. I can review them. Supervisor: do we have any other spots in the town that are not near… that would be big enough to do fireworks where they’re no on top of….Councilwoman Sutherland: Veteran’s park? D. Loeven: just as close to residences. Sutherland: I have to say I am so sorry for your loss with your cows and with the toll that this took on your father. Having small children, I’m right there in the development by the Grange. It’s never affected the children. Does it wake them up sometimes – yes. I’ve never heard…I know your daughter sent a letter complaining that one time. When I moved in here we had 63 kids in the development – it was never an issue other than the fireworks woke up the kids again. Other than that everybody enjoys watching them.  I certainly hear what you’re saying with regards to your cows and your father. What I hear is how it’s a great family thing to do. Supervisor asked Rick: is it more or less than in years past?  Vreeland: I’ve always had problems with the cows being shook up. This year they were closer. But it went – the cows went crazy. Sutherland: the fireworks for the 4th of July ,were they closer? Doty: July 4th and the fair, they are up by the football field. Sutherland: I know Cornell was right there. Doty: we used smaller stuff, smaller cakes/shells so people that came to the event could see. We were within all legal distances from everybody. Sutherland: do you think it was because they were so close to you? After July 4th – I know you said the cows get shaken up..Vreeland: 4th of July you know they’re gonna be fireworks & they’re posted all over –I put the cows either in the barn or on the far side of the property. I didn’t think nothing of this. I have been trying to breed a cow for 43 years – it’s 89.2 year old – that’s the top 1/3 of 1% in the nation and she aborted. It isn’t gonna be a small lawsuit. Supervisor: going back to July 4th…Vreeland: they bother me. Everybody on the block is tired of it.


Supervisor: if it was 1x/year and publicized and you were able to move the cows, is that….Vreeland: then you have the fair that has them on Saturday & Sundays nights. This is the 4th time since July 11th that we’ve had fireworks. I’m not anti-patriotic but when my father comes out of the house the next morning with tears coming down his cheeks let’s sue somebody…ask Lucy Joyce she came to apologize the next morning – you know what he told her? He’s polite. He said you’re in charge of the fireworks? Why don’t you go and join the Army and start a war because I had enough of it then. I’m pissed. Supervisor: my question is – if it was…Vreeland: they all bother me. Julie said let’s propose they go a mile away from the barn. That would be fine. If the fireworks were over by the race track. That’s one of 3 farms milking cows in this township. It’s doing me a great dis-service. Supervisor: trying to see if there’s a happy medium. Sutherland: Cornell was closer to you – is that a safe thing to say. It was isolated; if they were going to do it again they would have to give you better notice & perhaps move it further away where people can see it. Vreeland: if you’re gonna tell me you’re gonna shoot fireworks on the Mount Hope town property where the Cornell – I’m gonna sue the town, Cornell, Fireworks Extravaganza, anybody I can name and I don’t want the money. I’ll be perfectly honest – I will propose to donate the money. I’ll get a lot of it. Sutherland: so if Cornell ever shoots off fireworks again – you’re gonna sue? Vreeland: no, I’m gonna sue right now unless the board says to me we’re gonna move them away from your farm. Just when it’s fireworks within a mile of my barn. Sutherland: how far are they from the barn now? Vreeland: 600 yards. It won’t disturb the animals if they are that far away.

  1. Coppola: is it possible for the board to have 1 representative, Mike Romano & Rick to sit down instead of keep going over this & you’re not giving him any answers now..let them sit down and come up with a solution. He’s gonna sue anyway. I don’t blame him for his losses. Maybe the 3 could come up with something & Mike would understand what he’s talking about. Doty: Mike does 4th July. We donated to Cornell. We did on a contract with the country fair. That has nothing to do with Mike. Coppola: maybe a rep from there too to come up with something.
  2. Hosking: I don’t think people realize they are not his pets. They’re his livelihood.
  3. Maurizzio: I sympathize with you. 4th of July fireworks have been going on for several years now & as long as you’re notified of them going off that you could move the cows and that would be ok? Vreeland: I said it’s better. I always lose production. Maurizzio: if it’s ok with you and you allow notification of July 4th fireworks, and the fair fireworks which have been going on for many years as well, and to have them be the only fireworks fired off & plenty of notice, would that be acceptable to you in the future? Vreeland: no. Maurizzio: so your only alternative is the fireworks be moved away entirely? Vreeland: or quieted way down. You don’t understand the people that live on our road…the dishes rattle. Maurizzio: many businesses benefit from these.
  4. Cook: asked about using the 6 acre parcel across the street from the school.  Sutherland: Except that you have veterans living there also.
  5. Doty: suggested to have them where the dog park is down in that field there. There’s an empty field there.

Supervisor Volpe: Rick, would you be open to giving me a week or 2 so and I can talk with David and send out emails to the board. Maybe we could come up with a couple ideas for a happy medium.  Vreeland: yup.

  1. Ketcham: representing the old school committee and after meeting with KC tonight, we’d like to ask the board to consider moving ahead with public hearings and referendum for what we’re gonna do with the school. We’ve been around & around about it & we’ve done our job. With regard to ZBA meeting on 29th, after going to the regular meeting, it sounded like the ZBA was requesting help from the engineer or town board that would come help. I felt like they were being left out there with no representation. Counsel was here. No members of our planning board are interested in this, no planning engineers, to have no environmental concerns, no permits, no SWFF, no SEQR; all these things that are required none have been addressed.  However they got this permit for the 28.8 acres or 6 acre solar farm – it’s not right. Att’y Bavoso: they don’t have a permit. Ketcham: they’re appealing now to get it back. If the ZBA rules to give it back to them, that’s it; we don’t get any other review. Att’y Bavoso: that’s not what they are asking for. They are asking for a use variance to see if a use is permitted in the zone. Even if the use is determined to be permitted in the zone, they still have to go through a planning board application & SEQR. Supervisor Volpe: the ZBA can only do what they’re allowed to do. Ketcham: the ZBA can give them back their permit. Supervisor: that’s not what they’re going to the ZBA for. Ketcham: I’m just requesting the town represent there. Supervisor: they won’t be meeting without representation right? Att’y Bavoso: absolutely not.
  2. Musial: (to R. Vreeland): I’m sorry for your loss. I know it was a big hit for you. I want to say thank you for giving our town board & town people a little while before you decide to do a lawsuit.
  3. Loeven: Thanked Paul & the force for the professional way they respond to things. Most people know I had an issue at my house being broken into. Someone else in the family had reason to call the police to make a report & they couldn’t be more professional/responsive. It’s a nice feeling.  We had a village resident come to a board meeting and said he came for trash day they initially they were turning him away. They eventually let him and Gary said he would pass it along.

Chief Rickard: spoke re: the videos he’s doing online. If you do see anything suspicious, I know a couple people said there was a female walking around with a baby carriage, something out of place in your neighborhood just give us a call. We’ll check it out. We are posting videos on facebook and website. Anything unusual just call us.






MOTION offered by Councilman Cambareri 2nd by Councilman Ketcham to enter into executive session at 8:30pm to discuss police personnel.  All in favor: Howell, Ketcham, Volpe, Sutherland, Cambareri; carried.



MOTION offered by Councilwoman Sutherland 2nd by Councilman Ketcham to reconvene regular meeting from executive session at 8:49pm. All in favor: Howell, Ketcham, Volpe, Sutherland, Cambareri; carried.



MOTION offered by Councilwoman Sutherland 2nd by Councilman Ketcham to approve the hiring of Michael Hayes as a Police Officer effective October 28, 2015.  All in favor: Howell, Ketcham, Volpe, Sutherland, Cambareri; carried.



MOTION offered by Councilman Cambareri 2nd by Councilman Ketcham to hire Richard Santiago conditionally, November 2, 2015 & for him to be sponsored for Phase II Police Academy pending background check & cost to be reimbursed for Phase II by Mr. Santiago. All in favor: Howell, Ketcham, Volpe, Cambareri, Sutherland; carried.



Councilman Howell added that last year we had an incident with an unexploded fireworks damaged a lawn mower. It’s just something else to keep fresh in your mind with regard to the discussion we just had.

Councilwoman Sutherland spoke re: receiving calls & messages re: no heat/hot water at Devan’s Gate. Carl DuBois was in touch with Steve Neuhaus who gave Anne Marie Maglione (Orange County Seniors/Office for the Aging) my number. We spoke & she was at a senior expo in Middletown. She spoke with Devan’s Gate rep at expo. She said a plumber was supposed to come and fix it. She received a call Sunday morning that the heat was out again. She went over; some had it some did not. Plumber went again. She spoke with Richard Marshfield who’s in charge of Orange County Development. He will be reaching out to the group running Devan’s Gate. It’s just the lower building. Mr. Marshfield explained they had put in for grants for new boilers & that nothing had been replaced over there. She spoke with him re: several other issues there. Mr. Marshfield will be in touch with the appropriate people.

Supervisor Volpe: he and Dominick went down as well. The circulator pump was working. It was replaced today. Councilman Cambareri spoke with Jerry Levy of the Rockland Housing Action Coalition. They have secured a grant from RECAP to replace both boilers in Devan’s Gate I. That’s where they’re having a problem with the boiler now. They are in the process of bidding it out & having them both replaced to gas instead of fuel oil. Devan’s Gate II, they’ve secured a grant from Orange County to replace the retaining wall. They haven’t gotten any prices on that yet. Supervisor Volpe: they are waiting on RECAP.  He spoke with Aileen Gunther’s office today. Their application will be moved to top of pile. Once he hears from Aileen’s office he will write a letter for the residents in Devan’s Gate. Councilwoman Sutherland addressed the lights out in the parking lot and the fire door. It’s a regular door from the common area to where the boilers are. Councilman Cambareri stated that would have been addressed when it was built. The lady at the Rockland action coalition is on top of it. D. Loeven added there is an onsite manager 3 days/week in building II for 24 hour emergency calls. Supervisor added that’s the list/letter he’s going to give them ie: HEATING ISSUE=call office of aging, etc. D. Loeven added there is a phone number on the onsite manager’s door for 24 hour emergency calls.



MOTION offered by Councilman Ketcham 2nd by Councilwoman Sutherland to adjourn the meeting at 9:00pm.  All in favor: Howell, Ketcham, Volpe, Sutherland, Cambareri; carried.


The next meeting is scheduled for November 5, 2015 at 7:30 in the town hall meeting room.


Respectfully submitted,


Kathleen A. Myers, Town Clerk